Below is a carved and painted piece called Crows and Waving Guys. It sold last spring to someone who wanted to buy it by payment plan. After nine months of slow and steady payments it was paid off and picked up by its new owner last month. Thanks Andrea! I hope Crows and waving Guys is living well at your house!
In my last blog posting I showed a problem area in the Bird Tree painted woodcarving, see below. As I said then, the leaf that cuts into the chest of the top right bird just shouldn't be there. It's too big and it distracts me from seeing the full shape of the bird.
With a painting on canvas, you can just paint over a problem area. This is not so easy for me in that my work is painted on carved wood. If a shape is to change the only way to change it is to recarve and then repaint. Before I do this step - which cannot be undone once the wood has been carved away - I want to be sure. So first I paint over the carved area, as I have done below, to get a better idea of how the corrected area will look. With the leaf smaller, you can now see the plant stem going up to the shape of the bird's chest. I find this solution pleasing.
Below, I have now carved away all unwanted wood to create the desired shape.
I proceed to paint over.
Below, the piece is done!
Close up of the signature area. I love this little birdie!